High Performance Storage System

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Incremental Scalability
Based on storage needs and deployment schedules, HPSS scales incrementally by adding computer, network and storage resources. A single HPSS namespace can scale from petabytes of data to exabytes of data, from millions of files to billions of files, and from a few file-creates per second to thousands of file-creates per second.

About HPSS   :   HPSS Services from IBM
The High Performance Storage System is a Services Offering from IBM Global Services - Federal (Houston, Texas). A Statement of Work and License Agreement define the HPSS services and software provided by IBM.

Services Offered Description
Standard services offering for a single HPSS instance* for new customers in the first year.

The operating system platforms, tape, and library devices that are supported in the standard offering are found on the HPSS Big Picture page.

During the first year for new customers, IBM provides the following services:
  • Planning, system engineering, and requirements analysis,
  • Assistance with installation of prerequisite software,
  • Installation of HPSS software,
  • Configuration and tuning of HPSS,
  • Perform pre-production testing of the HPSS system.
  • Review of the HPSS readiness prior to putting it into production,
  • Ongoing technical support of HPSS.
An overview of these services is provided in the " HPSS Support Services from IBM."
Standard services offering for a single HPSS instance* for existing customers (second and subsequent years) During the second and subsequent years for existing customers, IBM provides the following services:
  • Assistance with problem resolution,
  • Planning for HPSS updates and upgrades,
  • Assistance with changing the HPSS configuration (new devices, classes of service, storage classes, movers, etc.),
  • Assistance with HPSS software updates
Extensions to the standard offering. Currently available extensions to the standard offering include:
Special Services Special arrangements can be made to obtain services that are not currently part of the Standard or Extended Services Offering. IBM can supply the following services as part of a special bid arrangement. Examples of non-standard services:
  • 24X7 support for problem resolution.
  • Additional production instances of HPSS for a customer.
  • Extended onsite support of HPSS.
  • Support for clients and operating systems not listed on the "HPSS Big Picture" user interfaces page.
  • Support for HPSS Mover operating systems not listed on the "HPSS Big Picture" RHEL platform page.
  • Support for tape drives and tape libraries not listed on the "HPSS Big Picture" disk and tape storage page.

* An HPSS instance is a single HPSS deployment with one System Manager component deployed such that all HPSS components except clients are deployed at one physical customer location. An instance may include any number of servers running HPSS servers, movers, and other components.

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Come meet with us!
HPSS @ MSST 2019
The 35th International Conference on Massive Storage Systems and Technology will be in Santa Clara, California in May of 2019 - Learn More. Please contact us if you would like to meet with the IBM business and technical leaders of HPSS at Santa Clara University.

HPSS @ ISC19
The 2019 international conference for high performance computing, networking, and storage will be in Frankfurt, Germany from June 16th through 20th, 2019 - Learn More. Come visit the HPSS folks at the IBM booth and contact us if you would like to meet with the IBM business and technical leaders of HPSS in Frankfurt.

2019 HUF
The 2019 HPSS User Forum details are coming soon. The HUF is typically hosted by HPSS customers in the September/October timeframe. The 2018 HUF was hosted by the UK Met Office in Exeter, United Kingdom from October 15th through October 18th, 2018.

HPSS @ SC19
The 2019 international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis will be in Denver, Colorado from November 18th through 21st, 2019 - Learn More. Come visit the HPSS folks at the IBM booth and contact us if you would like to meet with the IBM business and technical leaders of HPSS in Denver.

What's New?
HPSS 7.5.3 Release - HPSS 7.5.3 was released in December 2018 and introduces many new and exciting improvements.

IBM TS1160 - On November 20, 2018 IBM announced the new enterprise tape technology supporting 20 TB of native capacity and 400 MB/s of native bandwidth. Learn more.

Best of Breed for Tape - HPSS 7.5.2 and 7.5.3 improvements raise HPSS tape library efficiency to 99% on both IBM and Spectra Logic tape libraries.

Explosive data growth - HPSS Collaboration leadership from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) helped author the "NERSC Storage 2020" report, and NERSC trusts HPSS to meet their immediate and long term data storage challenges.

HPSS Vendor Partnership Grows - HPSS begins Quantum Scalar i6000 tape library testing in 2018. Other HPSS tape vendor partners include IBM, Oracle, and Spectra Logic.

Swift On HPSS - Leverage OpenStack Swift to provide an object interface to data in HPSS. Directories of files and containers of objects can be accessed and shared across ALL interfaces with this OpenStack Swift Object Server implementation - Contact Us for more information, or Download Now.

Capacity Leader - ECMWF (European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts) has a single HPSS namespace with 385 PB spanning 356 million files.

File-Count Leader - LLNL (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) has a single HPSS namespace with 46 PB spanning 1.208 billion files.

RAIT - Oak Ridge National Laboratory cut redundant tape cost-estimates by 75% with 4+P HPSS RAIT (tape stripe with rotating parity) and enjoy large file tape transfers beyond 1 GB/s.
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